Keeping healthy is important for any musician. The Royal College of Music actively investigates and promotes health and wellbeing through teaching and research.
The RCM is part of the Healthy Conservatoires Network and our Fit to Perform initiative encourages students to adopt good habits when it comes to their wellbeing. Many of our musicians benefit from massage, yoga and meditation and Student Services is able to provide excellent information on healthy eating.
We encourage all our students to register with a doctor and remind international students to check they have adequate insurance to cover health costs if needed.
Advice on finding and registering with an NHS doctor is available from Student Services. The Student Services team is also happy to discuss options for the prevention and treatent of musicians' injuries and can provide information about agencies specialising in the care of such injuries.
Imperial College Health Centre
The RCM enjoys a close connection with Imperial College Health Centre, which is just a few minutes’ walk away. Students who live at Prince Consort Village or in specified nearby postcode areas may register at Imperial College Health Centre as NHS (National Health Service) patients.
Any RCM student can use the Imperial College Health Centre during the day for urgent medical problems. However, students who are not eligible to register should instead register with a GP (doctor) close to where they live.
Imperial College London also has a dental practice nearby.
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There is a strong tradition of Alexander Technique at the RCM. Sessions, led by resident experts Peter Buckoke, Judith Kleinman, Bethan Pugh and Lindsay Wagstaff, are popular with many students. As well as academic courses non-degree lessons are available.
Healthy Conservatoires Network
The Healthy Conservatoires Network brings together several UK Conservatoires, including the RCM, and the wider performing arts sector, in an ongoing exchange of information, research, practice and experience. The aim is to create working environments that promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of performing artists, enabling them to achieve their full potential and to build healthy, sustainable careers.
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If you have any enquiries about the ways in which we support health and wellbeing at the RCM, please feel free to contact our friendly Student Services team.